In 2007, Florence and Daniel Guerlain decided to focus their efforts on their passion for drawing and founded the contemporary Drawing Prize. Intended for artists using graphics as their main vehicle of expression, it sponsors three artists per year.
Since 2010, the award ceremony has been held at the Parisian Salon du Dessin, an art fair reserved for ancient and modern drawings that attracts collectors, specialists and museums from across the globe, and gives rise to much discussion on the presentation and conservation of artworks on paper. The winner receives an award of €15,000, while the two runners-up each receive an award of €5,000.
A work by the winner is also donated by the Foundation to the Prints and Drawings Department at the Mnam-Centre Pompidou. Since it was launched, the Drawing Prize has been awarded to: Silvia Bachli, Sandra Vasquez de la Horra, Catharina Van Eetvelde, Marcel Van Eeden, Jorinde Voigt, Susan Hefuna, Tomasz Kowalski, Jockum Nordstrom, Cameron Jamie, Ciprian Muresan and Mamma Andersson.
The Drawing Prize is sponsored by "Le Cercle des Amis", Neuflize OBC, Guerlain, Artcurial, Axa Art, the Salon du Dessin, L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Voisin Consulting Life Sciences, Finance Consultants, Chateau Seguin, Champagne Bruno Paillard and Vodka Beluga.
The names of the three shortlisted artists will be announced on Thursday 13 December 2018 in the chapel of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris . An exhibition of the works of these three artists will be shown at the Salon du Dessin which will run from 27 March to 1 April 2019 at the Palais Brongniart, Place de la Bourse, Paris.
The jury will meet on 28 March 2019 at the Salon du Dessin and the winner will be announced on the same day.
The members of the jury are
Shalva Breus (Russia)
Giovanni Giuliani (Italy)
Heidi Schwab, (Switzerland)
Maris Vitols (Latvia)
Anne Marie Patricot,
Florence and Daniel Guerlain (France).
The members of the committee are Emmanuelle Brugerolles, curator in charge of the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris collection; Gabrielle Salomon, collector and former graduate of the Ecole du Louvre, Paris, Christophe Leribault, General Curator of Heritage, Director of the Petit Palais, musée des beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris, Camille Morineau, head of Exhibitions and Collections at the Monnaie de Paris, Lucia Pesapane, exhibition curator in charge of artistic programming at the Monnaie de Paris; Annabelle Teneze, director of the FRAC Midi-Pyrenees and the Abattoirs de Toulouse; and Florence and Daniel Guerlain.